[caption id="attachment_29279" align="alignnone" width="640"] COYA's new Monte Carlo restaurant. Photo: COYA[/caption]
The Latin American restaurant group, COYA, has announced the launch of its first European site outside London, opening in Monaco in May 2018. Coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix, COYA will open above Jimmy’z and Monte Carlo Bay.
The 257-cover venue will incorporate a buzzing and vibrant bar and a contemporary Peruvian restaurant, COYA said. In collaboration with Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, COYA Monte Carlo says it is set “to revive the city’s culinary scene, providing a vibrant hub for international visitors and the stars of music, film, fashion and sport”.
[caption id="attachment_29277" align="alignnone" width="640"] COYA corvina trufa. Photo: COYA[/caption]
Guests will be taken on a Latin American journey from the moment they arrive at the grand entrance of COYA Monte-Carlo. The sweeping terrace with sea views, COYA’s infamous Pisco Bar & Lounge, a luxury shisha experience and resident DJ throughout the summer will make this Monaco’s new hotspot.
A menu of globally renowned COYA dishes will be overseen by Chef Sanjay Dwivedi, who combines traditional elements of Peruvian cuisine with Modern European cooking techniques and Asian influences to create naturally light and healthy dishes.
[caption id="attachment_29276" align="alignnone" width="640"] Chef Sanjay Dwivedi. Photo: COYA[/caption]
The décor, designed by the London-based design studio Sagrada, who are responsible for all COYA venues (London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai), will incorporate Peruvian artefacts, plant features and bespoke hand-crafted furniture. A key design feature of the restaurant will be the Ceviche Bar – an open prep kitchen that puts guests at the centre of the action to watch the iconic Peruvian dishes being made.
A 30-seater Private Dining Room will provide ultimate exclusivity and a spectacular dining experience with unrivalled views.
COYA Monte-Carlo will be open in May throughout high season, closing in October 2018 for the winter period.
The Junior Economic Chamber of Monaco (JCEM) will highlight finance during its first Business Time of 2018 with the theme being the attractiveness and prospects of Monaco as a financial centre.
The thematic networking event on Thursday, March 15, at CREM, the Club for Foreign Residents of Monaco, will be marked by presentations from three experts: Ben Robson, CEO of Spectrex Commodities and author of "Currency Kings: How Billionaires Traders Made Their Fortune Forex Trading;” Gregory Moscato, Director of Finance at the International University of Monaco; and David de Pariente, partner in the independent law and tax law firm Gordon S. Blair.
Financial activities are currently undergoing profound changes, both internationally and in the Principality. The speakers will demonstrate how Monaco is constantly adapting to attract investors and meet the increasingly demanding requirements of major players in the sector.
The talk at 6:30 pm will be followed by a networking cocktail. Tickets (€25) can be purchased online.
JCEM will also be holding a networking breakfast on March 22 under the topic: Monaco, towards a smarter city?
To be held at the Meridien Beach Plaza at 8:15 am, guest speakers will include Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco, on the topic of Police Optimisation and Smart Parking Deployment, and Paul Jolie, Digital Advisor to the Minister of State, on Smart City Strategy of the Prince's Government. Sign up here.
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The Grimaldi Forum Monaco will host the Maria by Callas exhibition in the spring on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of the Greek American soprano, based on an original idea by Tom Volf.
The Maria by Callas exhibition will be presented in various facets, particularly relating to the time that she spent in the Principality, from 1960 to 1967, when the New York-born singer was living away from the limelight. During this time, she shared a great love with the Greek ship owner Aristote Onassis and attended many Monegasque parties.
Callas died of a heart attack in Paris, age 53, in 1977.
Photographs, archival footage and unpublished films will be offered, notably from the collections of Monaco cultural organisations such as the Opera, the Société des Bains de Mer, the Audio-Visual Archives of Monaco, and the Prince's Palace.
Tom Volf, director of the film Maria By Callas, released in cinemas on December 13, and author of two reference books on the singer – Maria by Callas and Callas Confidential – will be present to help visitors rediscover her history.
The exhibit runs from April 11 to 15 at Espace Indigo. Admission is free.
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Traffic will be restricted to one way along part of blvd Princesse Charlotte, between avenue de Roqueville Avenue and the Sainte-Dévote bridge, from Monday, February 26, to Friday, March 9, as part of the construction project for the future FANB High School.
The flow of traffic will be modified as follows:
- Vehicles coming from the Sainte-Dévote bridge will be diverted to boulevard de Suisse.
- Vehicles arriving from the upper part of avenue de Roqueville will have to turn left towards avenue Saint-Michel.
To secure bus operations at the Roqueville intersection, manual traffic control will be provided during the day.
CNN has reported on the recurrent problem faced by Monaco’s football club in attracting supporters to Stade Louis II.
The American news channel pointed out that Tuesday night’s Champions League game, in which Monaco scored a spectacular last-minute equaliser against German side Bayer Leverkusen, played out in a half-empty stadium. The game ended 1-1.
With a capacity of just over 18,000, Monaco's Stade Louis II stadium is one of the smallest in Europe's top five leagues, yet the club often struggles to draw five-figure attendances.
CNN attributes the problem to the cost of living in the Principality at 87 percent more than in the UK and rents on average 746 percent higher.
One fan told the news outlet that many fans don’t live in Monaco, but travel long distances to support the club. “It's too expensive to live here, so not all the fans can come for the matches to fill the stadium,” the supporter said.